Join us on Sunday, September 18 at 2 p.m. for a a presentation on the first "steamship."
In 1807, a brilliant, creative, and controversial American by the name of Robert Fulton declared his intent to build an experimental “steamboat,” which would be used to initiate a continuous passenger service between New York City and Albany, New York. With the success of his North River Steam Boat, Fulton showed that it was possible for a person to use an artificial power to alter both their location and the amount of time it took to change it. In so doing, he broke through an enormous psychological barrier that had existed in people’s minds; it was, in fact, possible to overcome Nature to practical effect.
It took a while for many people to accept Robert Fulton’s triumph as the truth.
One man who did not need to be convinced was a sloop captain named Moses Rogers. He had witnessed the first successful runs of the North River Steam Boat to Albany, and the experience gave him the fever—steamboat fever.
Moses soon became one of the first steamboat captains in history, taking command of one of Fulton’s first rivals, the Phoenix. In his newly-created profession, Moses learned not only the characteristics of this first high technology, but the peculiarities of a traveling public just getting used to a “new mode of transport.”
In the years immediately following Fulton’s success, running these steamboats on rivers, lakes and bays became a normal and accepted part of American life. But taking such a vessel on a voyage across the ocean was a different proposition altogether. Experienced mariners didn’t think it could be done. These early steamboats, they declared, were just too flimsy and unwieldy to withstand the dangers of the deep.
But Moses believed otherwise. Combining his knowledge of the old mode of transport (sail) with the new mode of transport (steam), he set out to design a vessel that was capable of overcoming the many perils of the sea. This craft would be not a “steamboat,” but a “steamship,” the first of its kind.
Author and historian John Laurence Busch will show how Captain Rogers created such a revolutionary vessel...nearly two centuries ago!
In addition, he will be signing copies of his book, "Steam Coffin," which will be for sale on the day of the event. For more information on the author, visit steamcoffin.com.
Come visit us on Thursday, September 8, 22 and October 6 at the Trumbull Farmers Market, 1773 Huntington Turnpike. We'll have books, T-shirts and other goodies for sale, as well as information about upcoming programs. Market hours are 3:30 to 6:30.
Will Siss, author of "Connecticut Beer: A History of Nutmeg State Brewing" (The History Press, 2015) will discuss all things beer on Saturday, June 18 at 4 p.m. Siss, who writes the "Beer Snob" column for the Waterbury Republican-American, will give a lively presentation on Connecticut's rich brewing tradition, from its early roots in colonial taverns, its rise through the 1800s with the advent of refrigeration and pasteurization, its decline during the Temperance movement and Prohibition, and up to today's craft brewing craze. Following the talk, there will be a tasting of various beer styles from Veracious Brewing. You won't want to miss this pre-Father's Day event. 21 and over only, please. Admission: $3 members/ $5 non-members. Space is limited, so reserve your spot at (203) 377-6620 or email@example.com.
The board of directors of Trumbull Historical Society invites all members, friends and anyone interested in finding out more about the Society to attend its Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 15 from 2-4 p.m. at the Society Museum, 1856 Huntington Turnpike. In addition to providing members with an update on THS programs and activities, the annual meeting is where members are invited to take part in the governance of the society by voting-- or volunteering-- for any open position in the organization. Following the business meeting and elections, attendees are encouraged to enjoy refreshments and conversation. Nominations are being accepted for three board positions as well as secretary, vice president and president. Nominations can also be made from the floor on the day of the meeting. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for a position, contact Patti Woods at firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 377-6620.
Join us on Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. when Velya Jancz-Urban presents "The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Housewife." Women didn't just spend their time spinning wool and cooking meals. They also had to deal with childbirth, sex, sickness and medicine. Come hear all about it at this lively and frank discussion. Space is very limited, so reservations are necessary. Call (203) 377-6620 or email email@example.com. Admission: $3 members/ $5 non-members.
The Battle of Saint-Malo in August 1944 was a small struggle within a larger fight-- the Allied breakout from Normany after D-Day. The popular seaside tourist town, built in the early middle ages of stone and known as a haven for French privateers, was fiercely held by the Germans in the summer of 1944. Its subsequent bombardment by U.S. forces plays an integral role in Anthony Doerr's 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "All the Light We Cannot See," the Trumbull Library's "One Book, One Town" selection for 2016.
Hamish F. Lutris, associate professor of history at Housatonic Community College, will discuss the battle of Saint-Malo in a lecture on Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m. at the Trumbull Historical Society. The talk is sponsored by the Trumbull Library as part of the One Book, One Town program. For information on all OBOT events and to register for the Saint-Malo lecture, visit the library system website at www.trumbullct-library.org.
Join in the fun on Thursday, March 10 when we take part in Giving Day. Beginning at midnight and going through until 11:59 p.m., we will posting some treasures from our archives, as well as some fun surprises. During the 24 hour time period, you will have a chance to make a donation to the Trumbull Historical Society. Be sure to Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/trumbull-historical-society.
See you there!
Six beautiful homes, resplendent with the colors of fall and the upcoming holidays, will be featured as part of Trumbull Historical Society’s Harvest House Tour. Visitors are invited to take a self-guided tour of some of the area’s most unique and architecturally vibrant homes, decorated for the season by local florists. The afternoon will culminate with refreshments at the Historical Society.
The event will take place on Saturday, November 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance tickets are $25 for members, $30 for non-members and $35 on the day of the event. They will be available for purchase at the Town Clerk’s office, Flourishes Gift Shop (5665 Main Street) and City Line Florist (2978 Nichols Ave). For more information, please call (203) 377-6620, email us at Trumbullhistory@gmail.com, or visit our website at www.TrumbullHistory.org, or our Facebook page.
3rd Annual "History Ablaze" at the Trumbull Historical Society
The Trumbull Historical Society invites all town organizations, associations, and residents -- young and old -- to enter a carved pumpkin into our exciting Jack-o'-Lantern contest and display! There is no limit to the amount of entries, and residents may submit a pumpkin as part of an organization and/or as an individual. Each carved jack-o’-lantern gains one free admission.
We need Jack O’ Lanterns!!
Carved pumpkins with a non-flame light included may be dropped off at the Trumbull Historical Society (1856 Huntington Turnpike) on Friday, Oct 23rd from 3 pm to 6 pm, or Saturday, Oct 24th, from 9 am to 1 pm.
Contestants who wish to pick up their pumpkins* may do so on Sunday, October 25th between 12 and 4 pm. THS will dispose of any unclaimed pumpkins
Good luck and may the best squash win!
*Pumpkins entered into the contest are being donated to the Historical Society for display purposes. The Historical Society is not responsible for any lost or damaged pumpkins.